Until the early 1990s, most of Uganda's public health workforce obtained master's degrees from abroad. The responsibility for health training institutions has been shifting between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, although it is currently under the Ministry of Health, also the main employer of public health workers. The Ugandan Public Health School Without Walls is an innovative and sustainable model of worker development, conceived in 1994 in partnership with Makerere University, which houses the program; the Ministry of Health; and the development partners, notably, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Up to 145 professionals from medical, biologic, and social sciences have been trained in a 10-year period. The curriculum is flexible and is constantly reviewed and adapted to the local situation. The program is 75% field-based, during which trainees are placed in 15 district training sites under professional working conditions and they also rotate through various Ministry of Health programs, where they get hands-on training. The program emphasizes operational research, dissemination of findings to policymakers, and evidence-based management decisions, features that have translated into marked improvements in the quality of...
Public health workforce development (1)
From: Emerging Infectious Diseases(Vol. 10, Issue 11)
Publisher: U.S. National Center for Infectious Diseases
Document Type: Article
Length: 782 words
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